(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is drawing early praise from former top Bush-aide Karl Rove.
Rove, widely credited with orchestrating President Bush's two successful presidential campaigns, writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Obama has assembled a "first rate" economic team that has "provided surprisingly positive clarity."
Specifically, Rove praises Obama's choice of New York Fed Chairman Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary and Obama's pick of Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, as chief of the National Economic Council.
"Monday's announcement of Mr. Obama's economic team was reassuring," Rove writes. "He's generally surrounded himself with intelligent, mainstream advisers. Investors, workers and business owners can only hope that, over time, this new administration's economic policies bear more of their market-oriented imprint."
Rove also offers praise of Berkley Economics Professor Christina Romer as Obama's choice to head up his team of economics advisers. But Rove criticizes the choice of Melody Barnes, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, as Domestic Policy Council Director.
"Putting a former aide to Ted Kennedy in charge of health policy after tapping universal health-care advocate Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services secretary sends a clear signal that Mr. Obama didn't mean it when his campaign ads said he wouldn't run to the "extremes" with government-run health care," Rove writes.
Why does anyone report what he thinks? It is time to impose some standards; one of which is that intellectually dishonest people do not get to pollute the media with their views. Rove is intellectually dishonest; his time was disastrous and has gone from American life.
Does the departure of Dubya mean we won't have to see or hear from Karl Rove after January 20th? While he is credited with aligning right wing fundamentalists and the military complex to forge a brutal alliance in the war on individual rights, and American civil liberty, isn't all of that yesterday's news? Do the people who suffered 8 years of seeing truth and reason trampled by the Rovian's (formerly known as evangelical Christian's), really want to witness his fawning attempts to buy back his soul or his honor?
That's right Karl kiss up to Obama.... If you don't you could find yourself in jail for Treason... where you should be
Go home Karl, no one wants your opinion on anything
count your lucky stars you're not in jail, as you should be
He HAS to surround himself with intelligent, experienced advisors. He has no choice in the matter.
Rove should just go away. Some place far away. Like Gitmo.
It is interesting to see all of this early praise for Obama. With Obama being a seemingly fiscal conservative he is getting praise left and right from high level Republicans such as Rove and Mcain, it seems as if the far left is holding their praise.
A fiscally conservative Democrat who is intelligent, objective, and sincere.
Those who have doubt in America's immediate future need to drop the cynicism and realize that we have the greatest leader since John F Kennedy in our grasp.
Obama's pick of "same ole, same ole" economic team – the guys that got us in to this mess – will be his downfall. Evidence includes Rove endorsement. I want my vote back – RON PAUL in '12 !!!
I think Rove want to work in the Obama administration. He has been very nice lately when speaking of Obama...
No Way Rove!
Why is this guy not in Jail?
who really cares what this repub. has to say . the G.O.P is a losing
party!!!!! does anyone belive the senile party of the last 8yrs been good for the whole of the U.S. strange the repub. say they lost be cause of the econmony. again which party has been in charge the last 8yrs. may be we should be come a one party nation seams like this president elect can do both the econmony, and protect our intersts.
Hey Karl...I bet you wished your former boss was as smart as Obama...Oh, that's right, I forgot...You were his brain....
Rove should tell that to his fellow neo-cons.
The people have trusted Obama's judgment to do the right thing and of course he is on the right track.
Do we really care what Rove has to say? He is well versed in the political scene with regard to manipulation and deception. Is there any proof that he actually knows what is good for the country?
Why would ANYONE with any sense of the Nation's well-being give one hoot in hell as to what Karl Rove thinks??
Sounds like Karl Rove is job searching!
Great praise from a person that should be in jail for outing a CIA agent.
Karl Rove is another individual who needs to just SHUT UP and slink away. My personal belief is that he should be tried for treason. I truly hope we never have to hear from this "man" again.
Why is this man still proffering opinions? Rove speaking about the economy is like the Detroit Lions describing how to win football games.
Okay, what is he up to? Rove has never praised any Democrat unless they were sucking at the Republican teat and Obama certainly isn't doing that.
DO. NOT. TRUST. THIS. CRIMINAL. Wait! There it is – he's hoping Obama will tell the Democraticaly controlled congress to forget about the subpeonas he ignored and could be prosecuted for!
I agree with everything he said except the point about Melody Barnes, she's an excellent choice.
Who cares what Carl Rove thinks or writes about – he is a has been that never was.
Karl Rove is evil...
As soon as Obama takes over he's going to be prosecuted for outing Valerie Plame, be sent to Danbury to 10-15 years... and make friends with his new boyfriend Bubba!!!
It's time for Rove to get his just desserts...